What a lovely weekend! I almost forgot how enjoyable weekends are with no homework or studying!
Yesterday morning Jeremy and I met my parents at Shady Maple for breakfast. Shady Maple is a place that is best understood when experienced in person. It is a smorgasbord and quite the temple of gluttony. Their breakfast will set you back about $10 and you get all the Pennsylvania Dutch food you can eat! They also have lunch and dinner buffets, but I have never been there for either. The amount of food that is put out (and ultimately goes to waste) is astounding. They have multiple kinds of breakfast meats — a few types of sausage, ham, bacon (which I have heard that their bacon is perfectly cooked, however, I dont eat bacon so I dont know first hand), and scrapple. Made to order omelets, multiple kinds of pancakes made right before your eyes, a fruit bar, 2 pastry bars, oatmeal, potatoes, mush, etc. etc. etc. I could go on and on, but this is a pretty good sample.
I had a sweet potato pancake, which was AH-mazing! A scoop of cheesy hash browns, a biscuit smothered in sausage gravy, a chocolate covered doughnut, and a bowl of fruit. It was enough for both breakfast and lunch for me!
The line for the pancakes was super long and as I was waiting for my pancake, I couldn’t help but notice the plates of the people who walked by me. I got kind of grossed out seeing the sheer amount of unhealthy greasy, fatty food that was consumed. I allow myself to go to Shady Maple, MAAAYBE once a year. I eat very healthy most every day of the week so I am not worried about splurging every now and then. I don’t know if the same is true about the other people who were at Shady Maple. I am not gonna lie, part of me feels guilty for supporting a place that only provides fatty clog your arteries food (well, except for the fruit bar, but it wasn’t even fresh fruit, it was canned). Honestly, the only reason that I agreed to going was because it’s where my parents wanted to go. If anything, going to a place like this only confirms the eating habits that I practice.
After Shady Maple, we visited the grocery store that is attached to it. This grocery store has everthing! Their bulk foods section is one of the best that I have ever seen. I stocked up on oats, sunflower seeds, brown rice, and a few other things.
Today, we got our taxes done! I love taxes! I have always been lucky to get a refund, so tax time always feels a little bit like Christmas to me. After taxes was the gym, and then relaxing at home. Tonight is Sunday movie night and tomorrow I have lots of errands to run and new recipes to try! I LOVE SPRING BREAK!!